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Michael Meltsner

George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor



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Faculty, staff reflect on Muhammad Ali and his Northeastern ties

Jack Gri­nold, Northeastern’s leg­endary sports infor­ma­tion director, says watching the heavy­weight champ’s training ses­sions at Matthews Arena in 1964 “were some of the most delightful after­noons I’ve ever spent.” In 1994, Ali received an hon­orary doc­torate of public ser­vice from North­eastern. The trans­for­ma­tional sports figure died on Friday. Here, mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity reflect on Ali’s life and legacy.


3Qs: Justice Scalia’s legacy, and what his death means for politics and the law

Supreme Court Jus­tice Antonin Scalia’s death touched off a polit­ical debate that could define Pres­i­dent Obama’s final year in office and bring drama to an already con­tentious pres­i­den­tial pri­mary. Pro­fessor Michael Melt­sner, a con­sti­tu­tional law expert, called Scalia’s death “a great blow to Repub­li­cans” and “a gift to Hillary Clinton.”

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

3Qs: The death penalty’s constitutionality

Could cap­ital pun­ish­ment one day be banned in the U.S.? We posed that ques­tion to North­eastern law pro­fessor Michael Melt­sner, who assessed the Supreme Court’s cap­ital pun­ish­ment ruling Monday.

Closed jail cells in a famous penitentiary

3Qs: Professors weigh in on SCOTUS decision, free speech on social media

On Monday, the Supreme Court for the first time addressed the impli­ca­tions of free speech on social media. In the case Elonis v. United States, the court reversed the conviction […]


3Qs: Utah brings back firing squads

Utah Gov. Gary Her­bert this week signed a new law that makes death by firing squad an alter­na­tive option for cap­ital pun­ish­ment. North­eastern law pro­fessor Michael Melt­sner weighs in on the con­tro­ver­sial law.

Prison jail cells

Law graduates encouraged to embrace life’s callings

North­eastern University’s School of Law cel­e­brated the more than 240 grad­u­ates in the Class of 2014 at com­mence­ment on Friday at Matthews Arena.


3Qs: Naïve whistleblower or ‘high-​​tech terrorist’?

Army pri­vate Bradley Man­ning, who was acquitted of aiding the enemy for leaking clas­si­fied doc­u­ments, “might be an ide­al­istic fool but he isn’t the devil,” says law pro­fessor Michael Meltsner.


3Qs: Patients’ access to doctors’ notes

Law pro­fessor Michael Melt­sner dis­cusses the impact of a recent study that sought to deter­mine the effect of allowing patients to review their doc­tors’ notes after a visit.

Michael Meltsner

Putting torture on trial

Law pro­fessor Michael Melt­sner has written a play about the 
Guan­tanamo Bay deten­tion camp to express his out­rage over the tor­ture 
of sus­pected terrorists.

Michael Meltsner

3Qs: Considering the death penalty’s future

Spot­light blurb: Last week, death-​​row inmate Troy Davis was exe­cuted fol­lowing a highly con­tro­ver­sial trial and con­vic­tion for the murder of an off-​​duty Savannah, Ga., police officer in 1989. The case gained national atten­tion because eye­wit­nesses who tes­ti­fied against Davis later recanted. We asked Michael Melt­sner, the George J. and Kath­leen Waters Matthews Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the School of Law, to pro­vide some con­text on Davis’ case and cap­ital punishment.

Michael Meltsner

Q&A with Michael Meltsner: Obama’s Supreme choice

Pres­i­dent Obama and his advisers have begun the process of finding a can­di­date to fill retiring Jus­tice David H. Souter’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. According to recent reports, […]

Selected Publications

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The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer

University of Virginia Press; First Edition edition (April 4, 2006)

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